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|And heres Akhenaten (larger figure) and Nefertiti ( smaller figure )... look at their bodies it's obvious his gender preferences...they had 7 daughters and ...MAYBE...King Tut was their son. He is very important person in religious history. He was the first person who believed that there was just one God, and named Him Aten ( the Circle) maybe Moses took his theory about the "only God" from this egyptian king.
There are many accounts throughout the ancient Near East of priests attached to goddesses donning female apparel. In the case of the priests of Attis, consort to the earth goddess Cybelle, in the kingdom of Phrygia, they also castrated themselves because according to their mythology, the god had removed his testicles whilst sat beneath a pine tree.
In Babylon, an annual ritual involved young men slicing off their genitals and flinging them into nearby houses as they ran bleeding and in great pain through the streets of the city. In return for this sacrifice, women's clothes were handed to them and thereafter they spent their time at female tasks.
With so much cross-dressing and gender swapping going on in Near Eastern civilisations in deference to their gods and goddesses, it is little wonder that the Hebrews, fearful of their more powerful enemies, and with a solitary masculine god Jehovah, introduced the Deutronomy law 22:5. This made donning the clothing of the opposite sex 'an abomination before the Lord, your God'.
|One of ancient Greece's most adventurous and controversial personalities, Alcibiades was a disciple of Socrates, and is one of the characters in Plato's Symposium. Extremely good-looking, very wealthy and always living according to local custom wherever he was: on horse in Thessaly, constantly drunk in Thrace or taking ice-cold baths in Sparta, he was subject to much gossip, admiration but also animosity. Well known for his cross dressing parties in Athens where guests were routinely dreesed as female and engaged in all sorts of riotous sex acts, today he would doubtless be successful on the web as a porn tranny.
Take a ,look at hom on the right - while drunk interrupting a symposium now is that female body language or what ?
|Nero killed his wife in a fit of rage and then in deep remorse for her loss, sought a companion who closely resembled her. He found a young male slave, Sporus, closest to the ideal, had him castrated by his surgeons and the two were formally married, with the young man acting as the wife. Later he married a gladiator and this time he was the wife, screaming like a deflowered virgin on their wedding night.|
I think this goes hand in hand with the discussion posted in the Lady group about Shirabyoshi. Highly respsected, educated females, performing dances to the Gods dressed as males. On another Japanese note, Kabuki theater forbids female actors. Therefore the female roles are played by men.
Interestingly enough, Kabuki got its start as an all female act. It was not until later that it did a 180 to all male.
Women’s kabuki, called onna-kabuki, was banned from the stage in 1629 for being too erotic. Following onna-kabuki, young boys performed in wakashu-kabuki, but since they too were eligible for prostitution the shogun government soon banned wakashu-kabuki as well. Kabuki finally settled with adult male actors, called yaro-kabuki in the mid 1600’s. Male actors played both female and male characters. The theatre was as popular as ever, and remained the entity of the urban lifestyle even until modern times.
I wish I could find some reliable information on trans-gender people in Native American culture. I've read some things here and there but they weren't cited well so I wondered how accurate it was.
In the culture of South Asia, hijras or khusra in Punjabi and kojja in Telugu are physiological males who adopt feminine gender identity, women's clothing and other feminine gender roles. Hijras have a long recorded history in the Indian subcontinent, from the Mughal Empire period onwards. This history features a number of well-known roles within subcontinental cultures, part gender-liminal, part spiritual and part survival.
In Hindu contexts, hijras belong to a special caste. They are usually devotees of the mother goddess Bahuchara Mata, Lord Shiva or both. Hijra culture draws upon the traditions of several religions.
Hijras and Bahuchara Mata
Bahuchara Mata is a Hindu goddess with two unrelated stories both associated with transgender behavior. One story is that she appeared in the avatar of a princess who castrated her husband because he would run in the woods and act like a woman rather than have sex with her. Another story is that a man tried to rape her so she cursed him with impotence. When the man begged her forgiveness to have the curse removed, she relented only after he agreed to run in the woods and act like a woman. The primary temple to this goddess is Gujarat and it is a place of pilgrimage for hijras, who see Bahucahara Mata as a patroness.
Hijras and Lord Shiva
One of the forms of Lord Shiva is a merging with Parvati where together they are Ardhanari, a god that is half Shiva and Half Parvati. Ardhanari is especially worshipped in North India and has special significance as a patron of hijras, who identify with the gender ambiguity.
Hijras in Ramayana
In some versions of the Ramayana, when Rama leaves Ayodhya for his 14-year exile, a crowd of his subjects follow him into the forest because of their devotion to him. Soon Rama notices this, and gathers them to tell them not to mourn, and that all the "men and women" of his kingdom should return to their places in Ayodhya. Rama then leaves and has adventures for 14 years. When he returns to Ayodhya, he finds that the hijras, being neither men nor women, have not moved from the place where he gave his speech. Impressed with their devotion, Rama grants hijras the boon to confer blessings on people during auspicious inaugural occasions like childbirth and weddings. This boon is the origin of badhai in which hijras sing, dance, and give blessings.
Hijras in the Mahabharata
In the Mahabharata, before the Kurukshetra War, Aravan offers his lifeblood to goddess Kali to ensure the victory of the Pandavas, and Kali agrees to grant him power. On the night before the battle, Aravan expresses a desire to get married before he dies. No woman was willing to marry a man doomed to die in a few hours, so Krishna assumes the form of a beautiful woman called Mohini and marries him. In South India, hijras claim Aravan as their progenitor and call themselves "aravanis."
In Tamil Nadu each year in April and May, hijras celebrate an eighteen-day religious festival. The aravani temple is located in the village Koovagam in the Ulundurpet taluk in Villupuram district, and is devoted to the deity Koothandavar, who is identified with Aravan. During the festival, the aravanis reenact a story of the wedding of Lord Krishna and Lord Aravan, followed by Aravan's subsequent sacrifice. They then mourn Aravan's death through ritualistic dances and by breaking their bangles. An annual beauty pageant is also held, as well as various health and HIV or AIDS seminars. Hijras from all over the country travel to this festival. A personal experience of the hijras in this festival is shown in the documentary India's Ladyboys, by BBC Three and also on the television series Taboo on the National Geographic Channel.